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Encouraging integrated pest management uptake in horticultural crop production

Code: 9781801464659
Norma R. Samuel, Associate District Extension Director and Urban Horticulture Extension Agent, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, USA; and Oscar E. Liburd*, University of Florida-Gainesville, USA

Chapter synopsis: Despite integrated pest management (IPM) practices being taught and researched for over six decades, farmers' adoption of such practices has been limited. Integrated pest management is a comprehensive management approach that utilizes multiple strategies to keep pest populations below economic threshold levels, protecting non-target organisms, safeguarding the environment, and utilizing tactics to prevent pest populations from developing resistance. In this chapter, we review extension theories and methodologies and identify useful resources to aid in the diffusion of IPM information to increase the adoption of IPM practices in horticultural crops. We discuss Rogers (1963) 'Diffusion of Innovation Theory' and research related to the diffusion of IPM around the globe. We also discuss how the use of logic models can improve the planning and efficiency of extension programs. Finally, we discuss E-extension and virtual communication and outline possible barriers to the adoption of IPM innovations and how they can be overcome.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2021.0095.13
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Rogers’ Diffusion of Innovation Theory in relation to integrated pest management 3 Using a logic model to develop an integrated pest management program plan 4 Extension approaches to delivering integrated pest management technologies 5 Building an integrated pest management toolkit 6 Useful resources to aid in the diffusion of integrated pest management technologies 7 Barriers to adoption of integrated pest management in horticulture crop production and how to overcome them 8 Conclusion 9 Where to look for further information 10 References

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